School News

ST MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL

‘Learning with love, strength and faith, following the example of Jesus’

It has been an incredibly busy first half of term at St Mary’s. Our pupils have been busy electing new leaders for key pupil roles, which have been created to ensure that our students are making a highly positive, tangible contribution to the life of the school and the wider community. Meaningful opportunities are developed and embedded for pupils to understand how to be responsible and respectful active citizens, who contribute positively to society. We now have in place House Captains, Pupil Ambassadors, an Eco Committee and Pupil Governors. Our fantastic P.E. teacher, Mr Dolton, is also training the Year 5 and 6 children to be Play Leaders, who will organise games and events for the whole school at lunchtimes.

Our most recent Awe and Wonder Day had the theme of British Values, promoting Democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance. The children took part in different activities to find out more about each value, such as discovering what is similar and different between each other and being respectful of that; how being able to make your own choices also comes with responsibility; and using the story of ‘Farmer Duck’ to learn how a democracy works. They then shared what they had learnt in an assembly at the end of the day with their families. Each week we now have a Great British Citizen Award for outstanding kindness towards others.

The whole school also paused for a morning to take part in World Mental Health Awareness Day in October. First there was an assembly, in which all staff and pupils were encouraged to think about the importance of having a healthy mind and how we can talk about our feelings. This was followed by a special PSHE session for each class. It was wonderful to see the children’s engagement in the activities and how aware they are of how they can help themselves and each other with their mental health.

We had a very successful Harvest Festival collecting groceries for the East Grinstead Food Bank and also raising enough money for both our toilets to be twinned through ‘Twin our Toilet’, a project that enables families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene.

Early in October, Willow Class, together with the other children in the Federation from Years 3 and 4, went to see the Horrible Histories: The Terrible Tudors in Tunbridge Wells, where they learnt a lot about the Tudors in a really fun and engaging way. The children loved putting on their 3D glasses to see the actors break out of their prison cell after being arrested for treason and to see what the castle that Queen Elizabeth I would have lived in might have looked like. Not only did this consolidate the work they have been doing in class, but it also inspired them to further their learning and understanding of the Tudors.

Back in September we had a fabulous afternoon on The Croft with our inter-house cross country tournament. As a result of this, no less than 24 children went forward to compete at the Beacon Cross Country event in October. Everyone performed to their best ability and showed great support for all the competitors, but particular congratulations go to Ashleigh, who came first in the Year 5/6 girls’ race. What an amazing achievement!

(Email: office@st-maryharfield.e-sussex.sch.uk).

Juliet Stirrat

FORTHCOMING SCHOOL DATES

Monday 4th November First day of Term 2

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